Another record month for Australian rooftop solar

The month of August has delivered another record for Australia’s rooftop solar market, paving the way for what is almost certain to be an all-time record year.

A total of 142MW of solar was installed on residential and commercial rooftops for the month, according to the latest data from PV market analysts SunWiz.

The all-time record month of installs was bolstered by growth in the residential and small business sectors – even as PV system prices rose, slightly.

And it means that the first eight months of 2018 already exceed the volume registered in any year, aside from 2017, and nearly 1GW so far.

NSW continues to lead installs, with 41MW for the month, overtaking Queensland. The only state to fall was Victoria, possibly the unintended result of the state Labor government’s proposed 50 per cent rebate.

“August’s growth came from 6.5-8kW systems, plus some growth in the 10-20kW range. The volume in all other commercial size ranges also grew, with the exception of 75-100kW range,” said SunWiz managing director Warwick Johnston.